Wednesday, August 11, 2010

PGA Championship Preview

So I'm not sure if you've heard but I guess there are some really good golfers hanging out in the eastern part of Wisconsin this week. Whistling Straits is holding its second PGA Championship event this weekend, as the tournament was also held there when Vijay Singh won it in 2004. He won with a total score 8 under, so we will have to see if this course is playing harder this year or not. In 2004, I was able to make it over to the Straits for a practice round, and unfortunately I won't get the chance to do the same this year. Even if you don't like golf, it is something if you that you should try to get to just to see. The layout of the course is beautiful, and it is just a great sight to witness.

Tiger has been the talk of the week so far as he is working with his swing coach after his 18 over showing last week. He was hitting balls left and right last weekend, as in left and right of the fairway. If he does that this week don't expect to see him around on the weekend. I really don't know what to think of Tiger this week, but I know for a fact I wouldn't put any money on him. I don't think he is going to just find his swing all of a sudden and play like the Tiger that won the PGA in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007.

Steve Stricker on the other hand can become the number 1 ranked player in the world with a win, and some help from Phil and Tiger. Do I really think this is going to happen? Not so much, but it is cool that there is a chance for the Wisconsin native to win the PGA and be the top ranked golfer in the world. Strick will start his quest for the Championship Thursday at 1:15pm playing with Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. Both are young guys that will be headliners in a couple of years. They will be starting on tee number 1 Thursday if you are heading out to watch the golf that day.

Jerry Kelly, the other Wisconsin native in the event, is getting an early start Thursday as he tees off at 7:50am. He will be joined by Paul Casey and my boy Anthony Kim. Wouldn't be shocked if a guy like Casey comes out early to post a good score. He is always a fast starter it seems. As far as Kelly and Kim they should have goals of just making the cut. Kim is just coming off an injury, and Kelly just hasn't played well this season. I wouldn't be upset to see one of these guys have a great week, but don't count on it. Im going with Paul Casey as my sleeper pick to win it all.

Lets check out some other tee times you might want to watch Thursday.

* Y.E. Yang (defending champ), Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods 8:20am starting on the 10th tee

* Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell (U.S. Open winner), Louis Oosthuizen (British Open winner) 1:35pm Starting on the 1st tee

* Rickie Fowler, Justin Leonard, Ryo Ishikawa 7:10am starting on the 10th tee (one of these guys could be an early clubhouse leader)

* Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III, John Daly 8:00am starting on the 10th tee (never a dull moment with Daly in your group)

The rest of the group pairings are posted here. If you want even more golf coverage, check out Aaron Rodgers on the Scott Van Pelt show to see what he had to say about the course and to find out what he shot during his last round there.

Enjoy the tournament, and check back here Sunday night for a full recap.

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